A thoughtful piece that sees one of Lake’s ‘Howards’, genetically and surgically enhanced humans with extreme longevity, finding himself alone on a planet.
If you read 12:01 (or saw the tv movie) or 12:02, then you should read 12:03, which begins to explain WTF is happening.
Nicely realised Western, in which the bad guys at the Lazy Eight Ranch get brought to justice by the new Sheriff in town.
Short which follows the titular holy man who heads into California in the 18th century, to bring christianity to the natives.
A heart-warming take on the finale years of one Buck Nelson, a famous abductee/contactee.
Not a whole lot that hasn’t been covered already (a long time ago) by Asimov in his robot stories.
Not a light-hearted look at sexbots, as the story initially suggests, as it gets altogether darker and colder…
Excellent short story (read it now!).
A lengthy story that had me engrossed to the point of almost missing my stop on the train, but a couple of days on, the fantastical elements of the story do not spring to mind.
A virtual sim that enables you to try climb Everest – but without being completely virtual…
Clunkily written and I baled out after a few pages. More of an Analog story – not the quality of writing I expect from Asimovs.
I’ve a fondness for Lanagan’s stories, as they tend to a darkness and an exploration of the underbelly of fantasy/sf that other’s tend to leave alone. And she doesn’t disappoint here.
A cracking little story, whose only drawback for me was the WTF moment when I turned a page to find there was only a half page left.
A Stross-like near(ish) future story that looks a few technological steps ahead, considers some ecological and political developments, and put them into a story that benefits from a slow reading to savour the detail.
Charming story of a young, solitary nerdy teen whose life is changed when he befriends a flying-helmetted and be-goggled new pupil at his school.
Short alchaemic fantasy/horror featuring a divorce lawyer and a client with more than a touch of the Midas.
Another excellent installment in the future Xuya sequence.
Nice enough as far as it goes, without really going (boldly or otherwise) anywhere that hasn’t been gone before.
A well-written, blackly and drily humorous horror story with a literary bent both content-wise and stylistically.
The world has gone to pot, humanity is on the march, and a mother has to look after herself and her teenage daughter – a believable, but ultimately unlikeable character.
Only a few pages long, but Reynolds pack a lot into it!
From last year’s YA anthology edited by Strahan, which hopefully noted to the YA readership that not all adult SF is as good as this!